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Hear Back From Iris And I Want To Smash Something

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Over the holidays I sent a letter to IRIS asking for my appeal to be expedited seeing that by New Years I would lose my apartment, and by Jan 10th I will be unable to pay my car insurance. So this is just a section of what I got today, the rest was just generic filler that they tell you on Peggy or in their b.s. letters.

"To be fair to all claimants, the expedite request must be reserved for the serious situations with verifying documentation. Expedite requests will only be considered if evidence submitted substantiates imminent death, eviction, foreclosure, or a similar serious situation. You may fax the information to your regional office. Please find our contact information at the end of this response."<br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; ">

So being homeless (yet again while I wait) is what. I was going to reply with this but am unsure if this is a good idea or not.

I am trying my best to be cordial, and not make myself look like a jerk. I was unable to pay my rent which was due on the first, so I am evicted. My car insurance is due on the tenth, which I will be unable to pay. Therefore I will have to turn in the plates, but in New York you cannot have a car on the street without plates, so I will be ticketed every day until either a) I get rid of the car, or b) you guys end this 39 month ordeal you have put me through. It took me 3 years and an appeal to get one C & P. There is nothing acceptable about that. I am suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, do you think that I can seriously handle this? You have in your system that I was homeless 2 years ago. Is that not a hardship? Does that not warrant a combat veterans claim to be expidited. A claim that in all honesty probably wasn't looked at in the first place. It would take you one day. My life may not mean much to you guys over at the NYC VARO, but please this is my survival we are talking about here. On May 30, 2011 the Ninth Circut Court of Appeals stated that statutory benefits or "property interests" are protected under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, "The Clause guarantees that all persons will not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without proper process, i.e. a hearing or appeal. A majority of the court ruled that the VA’s significant delay in providing both mental health care services and disability compensation benefits result in the deprivation of “property” without proper process." You guys are according to the Constitution violating that right. I have fought, and put my life in harm's way for America. I am not asking for a handout, or charity. I am merely asking for what is owed. I apologize if this comes off as rude or desperate, but I am at the end of my rope.

Does that come across to harshly?

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You are getting a boiler plate cover their ass response. You fit the criteria hang in there. If you can go to VARO and ask to speak to a Councilor

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Oh man, that's a hell of a burden you are carrying. First, do not smash anything you don't need legal problems on top of everything else going on. I think Pete is right about going to the VARO if possible. Make sure you take whatever documentation you may need, an eviction letter, a bank statement, a note from your therapist. Whatever it takes, I am sure others will jump in. I don't know about your state but here if they evict you, you have about 3 months before the actually throw you out.

Here's some information that may be tough to hear, it may or may not speed up your claim. I hope and pray that it will. In the mean time you need to contact your local Veterans Center and see if they have any resources that may help you. Around here there a churches and organizations that can help. Also check with your state's veterans affairs, for New York the number is 1-888-838-7697 Below is another number that may be able to assist.

The National Veterans Foundation<br style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; ">The National Veterans Foundation serves the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through its toll-free helpline: 1-888-777-4443 (available daily 9AM-9PM PST). Outreach services also provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

Veterans in need of assistance may call the toll-free helpline at 1-888-777-4443, or complete an online request form at www.nvf.org/contact/rfs/index.php.

Also

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

VA has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community. To be connected with trained VA staff member call 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838).

National Call Center Webpage

I am hoping one of these resources can help you. If you become suicidal please go the VA emergency room and let them know. I know it is very dark right now, but you simply must hold on. Breath and call the numbers, if you landlord decides to evict you stretch it out as long as the law allows. Call your car insurance agent and explain your situation see if there is anything they can work out with you, there may be nothing, but you won't know if you don't call.

I know that this is making your PTSD symptoms worse and it is going to get tougher, you have to hold on. Don't neglect this! If you start to feel that things are overwhelming get yourself to the emergency room. We do not want to loose you, you are important. Let us know your progress, please try the numbers above and your local Veterans Center. You will get through this.

Over the holidays I sent a letter to IRIS asking for my appeal to be expedited seeing that by New Years I would lose my apartment, and by Jan 10th I will be unable to pay my car insurance. So this is just a section of what I got today, the rest was just generic filler that they tell you on Peggy or in their b.s. letters.

"To be fair to all claimants, the expedite request must be reserved for the serious situations with verifying documentation. Expedite requests will only be considered if evidence submitted substantiates imminent death, eviction, foreclosure, or a similar serious situation. You may fax the information to your regional office. Please find our contact information at the end of this response."<br style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; ">

So being homeless (yet again while I wait) is what. I was going to reply with this but am unsure if this is a good idea or not.

I am trying my best to be cordial, and not make myself look like a jerk. I was unable to pay my rent which was due on the first, so I am evicted. My car insurance is due on the tenth, which I will be unable to pay. Therefore I will have to turn in the plates, but in New York you cannot have a car on the street without plates, so I will be ticketed every day until either a) I get rid of the car, or b) you guys end this 39 month ordeal you have put me through. It took me 3 years and an appeal to get one C & P. There is nothing acceptable about that. I am suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, do you think that I can seriously handle this? You have in your system that I was homeless 2 years ago. Is that not a hardship? Does that not warrant a combat veterans claim to be expidited. A claim that in all honesty probably wasn't looked at in the first place. It would take you one day. My life may not mean much to you guys over at the NYC VARO, but please this is my survival we are talking about here. On May 30, 2011 the Ninth Circut Court of Appeals stated that statutory benefits or "property interests" are protected under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, "The Clause guarantees that all persons will not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without proper process, i.e. a hearing or appeal. A majority of the court ruled that the VA's significant delay in providing both mental health care services and disability compensation benefits result in the deprivation of "property" without proper process." You guys are according to the Constitution violating that right. I have fought, and put my life in harm's way for America. I am not asking for a handout, or charity. I am merely asking for what is owed. I apologize if this comes off as rude or desperate, but I am at the end of my rope.

Does that come across to harshly?

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Thanks guys, and no worries TBird, I am not suicidal, nor did I break anything last night (big step for me, lol). It's just frustrating as you all know. To have someone question the dire financial situation I am in, and have been in since 2007 just pisses me off. That coupled with the one size fits all cut and paste response, it just seems like a slap in the face. I contacted my state senator awhile back, got nothing until I started posting on his facebook page for the world to see, his office contacted me yesterday saying they wanted to help. Should I try that route? I've heard conflicting stories of getting elected officials involved, so I'm unsure. Back in 07 I was admitted to a locked ward for a suicide attempt. I will not go that route, these bastards will give me whats mine. I'll walk into the VARO with a crowbar before I take myself out. The VA really needs to get it's act together, they are going to have a bunch of angry soldiers and marines coming home with no options for the future, and nothing to lose. America as a society will have to pay that burden. I really felt Shinseki was going to do something positive, but under his watch the VA has just become more of a mess. Evidently this guy forgot where he came from, kind of like the man who appointed him. Sorry I know I shouldn't have gone into politics on here. But again thank you all. I spend at least half of my day researching this site and a few others.

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Why not give the facebook option a chance at least its out in open and not hidden like most of the way VA works.

Good Luck

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i really feel this veterans and the many other like my self. the iris make no sense it is cut and paste answer. and if you look at there site you would believe you get help by doin a iris. false.

they have 1800 now tell you to make a appointment the lines are busy. wait 4 day for call back and they tell you nothing.

listen that e benefit will play games with your head. they change status on there. than tell you some thing wrong with the site.

lets talk about if bva get there hands on claim and remaned to amc. no phone number 1800 cant talk to them. and they dont response to any. and dont try iris nothing. place should be closed no help and act as if it not part of va.

so i feel for the many veterans come back after 3 or 4 deployment and all these game and hurdles are no good for anyone to have to deal with.

i use hadit to post there games with me i call it venting. it helps

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kubrickbrawlik,

I am so sorry you are in this situation

If your state Senator's office wants to help, you might want to take them up on that offer. Perhaps they can connect you with some resources that can keep you afloat right now. I understand the sentiment of getting them involved in a VA claim having the tendency of slowing down the claim. But I am not sure if that applies for requests to expedite a claim. And again, they might be able to connect you with some other resources to keep you going.

I wish you the best of luck!

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kubrickbrawlik,

In this instance I'd accept help from the politicians, broadcast it to the media, picket outside recruitment offices- whatever it takes to get that frustrated energy out and also get the word out that the VA is not helping veterans in a timely manner.

Hang in there! smile.png

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